MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - When the Triumph broke loose, officials said it slammed into another ship called the Dredge Wheeler. The Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the vessel.
"Generally, it operates in the Mississippi River, keeping the river clear for commercial navigation," said Signal Ship Repair Vice President Robert Beckman.
Signal Ship Repair has been working on the ship for about 8 months now.
Before the Triumph ended up in the Shipyard's backyard, workers saw it coming.
"Someone happened to look across the river and say, ‘Look at that ship over there,'" said Beckman.
"We thought it was just listing - the wind pushing against it. And the next thing we knew, it was moving. We know they have no power, that it's not repaired yet. We watched it seemingly in slow motion it came across the river," said Beckman.
Even though the damage to the Dredge Wheeler was a concern for the shipyard, the mood quickly changed when workers learned there was a missing man in the water. Beckman said about two dozen men searched alongside the property.
Beckman said the dredge has minimal damage, and he is not sure yet who will be footing the bill. He, however, said he isn't too concerned about repairing the ship since, he said that's what his company does best.
We're told Signal Shipyard will be surveying the damage by boat next Tuesday, and that's when it will know more about the damage.
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